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    My 1st gen Prelude

    Hey all! I've been trying to find a site that might appreciate my 1st gen Prelude -- I think maybe I've found it! I've been post-whoring my car all over, so some of you may have seen it before.


    In 1990 I had an '82 Prelude while I was stationed in California during my enlistment in the Navy. I found a couple pictures of it (no digital cameras back then) and took pics of them (sorry for the glare -- stupid flash.)





    The transmission started to go out in the Prelude in 1992 (popped out of third all the time,) so I traded it in. Fast forward 18 years and I'm married (17 years now,) have two kids, an Odyssey and an Integra sedan.



    And this:






    I was farting around on eBay and stumbled across it by accident. It's a dead ringer for my old car (except for the wheels, of course -- but I was able to locate a set of those, too!) Same year, same color, interior, everything. Hell, even the miles (157K) are the same! Funny it's 20 years later -- my original car was high-miler at the time!



    I got some new rubber mounted as soon as I could and couldn't wait to get them on. The weather didn't cooperate, but I did it anyway.

























    The car still has it's original paint and has been garaged it's whole life. Originally sold in Seattle, it came here to the south last year. The dealer folder, warranty, owner's manual, etc. is in the glovebox.

    Future plans include new ball joints and bushings and heating or cutting the springs to get it set down a bit and close up those fender gaps.

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    Congrats on the find I've always liked the 1st gen ludes :tu:

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    nice story 8) that body style brings back memories ...
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    Nice Prelude! If you want parts come to SoCal. The junkyards here are filled with 1st gen Preludes, sadly enough.

    Welcome to JNC!

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    Thanks, Ben. Next time you're junkyarding let me know -- I need a couple things. Will gladly pay for your time!


    Took my wife out to dinner last night for our anniversary. Of course, we took the Prelude. It was only fitting. The look on the valet's face when we pulled up was priceless. The funniest part was when we were leaving -- the valet pulled back up in the car and got out, let my wife in, and came around to me asking "wow -- what year is this Accord?"

    :roll: :lol:

    Guess he'd never seen one before. Understandable, though. The car is older than he is!

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    Very nice car, the mesh wheels look great on it! I love all Preludes, but I've never seen a first-gen "in the metal."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 82Prelude
    Thanks, Ben. Next time you're junkyarding let me know -- I need a couple things. Will gladly pay for your time!


    Took my wife out to dinner last night for our anniversary. Of course, we took the Prelude. It was only fitting. The look on the valet's face when we pulled up was priceless. The funniest part was when we were leaving -- the valet pulled back up in the car and got out, let my wife in, and came around to me asking "wow -- what year is this Accord?"

    :roll: :lol:

    Guess he'd never seen one before. Understandable, though. The car is older than he is!
    Haha, I love that :lol:

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    nice. glad you made your way here from honda-tech. much better crowd of people.

    can't wait to see it with a very slight drop. should look great! well, better than it does now. already looks really darn good.

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    Awsome 1g prelude. I love preludes so much had a 3g not to long again but traded it to a friend. I was looking for a prelude until I saw the 77 corolla I bought. Still goin to buy one and drop like a d16 in it.

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    Re: My 1st gen Prelude

    Quote Originally Posted by 82Prelude
    Future plans include heating or cutting the springs to get it set down a bit and close up those fender gaps.
    If those are your two options, I would strongly urge you to cut them. Do not not heat them. :tu:

    Cutting them (done correctly) will increase the spring rate slightly. Heating them will decrease it and potentially cause them to sag and sag until the car is scraping the ground. :td:




    And just for fun... :mrgreen:


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